Freelance Marketplace VOIS.com Offers College Grads Paychecks and Experience in High and Dry Economy
After four years or more of subsisting on Top Ramen Noodles and fishing for laundry money in couch cushions, America’s army of college graduates isn’t likely to graduate to prime rib and professionally laundered suits. Twenty-something college graduates just don’t have job options. With nearly seven million Americans claiming unemployment insurance, and layoffs and hiring freezes dominating business page headlines, well-heeled grads are fortunate if they can find hourly gigs that come with nametags and hairnets. Luckily for these graduates, online marketplace VOIS (pronounced “Voice”) (OTCBB: VOIS) (OTCBB: VOISW) is a growing option for qualified job seekers who don’t want to be minimum wage warriors or live in mom and dad’s basement.
The tough jump from the carefree life of a college student to the career challenges of working stiff is not a myth: A mere 20 percent of 2009 graduates seeking employment have actually locked up a paying gig, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Contrast that with 26 percent in 2008, and a whopping 51 percent of grads who were trading their mortarboard for a paycheck in 2007.
“In order to survive this recession both financially, and in terms of maintaining relevant experience for when employers start hiring again, college graduates need to be proactive and vigilant like never before,” said Gary J. Schultheis, Chief Executive Officer of VOIS. “VOIS provides both the possibility of an income stream and the experience to help college students begin working in the field they worked so hard to get to.”
VOIS.com is a social commerce website that combines the power of social networking with an online marketplace for on-demand services. College graduates boasting a wide range of skill sets, from Web design and social media savvy to coding and project management, can find project-based work on VOIS.com that can put money in their pocket and compelling experience on their resume. VOIS (which stands for Virtual Outsourcing Is Social) is different from other freelance marketplaces in that it really encourages professionals to network and collaborate virtually, giving career-minded newbies a great connection to potential full-time work. Additionally, VOIS doesn’t suck up a high percentage of its members’ earnings or lock you into paid contracts, similar to other freelance websites.
For college grads and others who have found themselves unemployed, VOIS is taking their message to the streets in the Miami area as a sponsor of LaidOffCamp Miami 2009. On Saturday, June 6th from 9am to 2pm, job-seekers, freelancers, startup entrepreneurs and others in professional transition will have the unique opportunity to gain perspective, discover new interests, and reinvent their careers at LaidOffCamp Miami 2009. The free one-day event will offer this and more at the Miami Beach Convention Center 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139. (Free Tickets http://laidoffcampmiami09.eventbrite.com/are limited and available on a first come first served basis.)
About Vois, Inc.
VOIS.com (pronounced “Voice”) is a social commerce website that combines the power of social networking with an online marketplace for professional freelance and on-demand services. At VOIS, individuals and businesses have the tools to either Post Work, Find Work or Network as well as staff projects. VOIS’s social sourcing model connects a global network of talent, allowing individuals and business around the world to find and manage work cost-effectively. Vois also owns sCommerce.com and www.Rev2.org. VOIS is publicly traded under the symbols VOIS, VOISW. — http://www.vois.com
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